Having read Total Truth several years ago and really liking it, I was thankful to receive a copy of Nancy Pearcey’s latest book Finding Truth to review. In this book she discusses 5 principles for testing and defending worldviews.
Using Romans 1 as a guide, that nature reveals God to man and he is without excuse, first of all when dealing with a worldview is to determine what the idol is behind the worldview. What has replaced God in their worldview? “If you press any set of ideas back far enough, eventually you reach an ultimate starting point-something that is taken as the self-existent reality on which everything depends.”
From there, after identifying the idol, reveal the reductionism that is part of that worldview. When humans become something less than human (we are all animals, we are just chemicals processing, etc.), then humanity is reduced and the result becomes destructive. This leads to testing the idol, the worldview, to see how it logically plays out. Worldviews not based on the God of Christianity inevitably break down at some point and become inconsistent with themselves. Showing someone how their worldview contradicts itself can be an eye-opening experience. “When a worldview fails to account for all of reality, what do adherents do? Do they say, ‘I guess my theory has been falsified; I’d better toss it out’? Most people do not give up that easily. Instead they suppress the things that their worldview cannot explain, walling them off into a conceptual area separate from reality…”
After these are done, a case can be made for the Christian worldview, which makes sense with the reality of the world that we live in.
“Churches have an obligation to equip their congregations to answer the questions that inevitably arise from living in a post-Christian society.”
This book provides tools for equipping churches and individuals to have answers to the postmodern, relativistic world that we now live in. Young people today are not prepared for the barrage of worldviews that hit them when they go to college. Though some of the book felt a little over my head, overall it was easily readable and would be an excellent toolbox for Christians to use in responding to those around them with real questions in a world that ignores absolute truth.
*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher David C. Cook in exchange for my review.